The Hot Drinks Revolution

Presenter: Whitney Howarth

What does our love of sipping cups of sweet, hot drinks have to do with revolution and empire? Dr. Whitney Howarth of Plymouth State University will explore the nexus between violence, empire and the hot drinks revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. Tea, cocoa, coffee and Coca Cola are the most popular beverages in our lives today, but ever wonder what historical forces made it so? In this interactive talk we will discuss the Atlantic slave-sugar trade, the Islamic origins of alchemy, café culture in colonial days, indigenous resistance to tea plantations, and the seductive tale of the coffee bean in Latin America. Bring a piping hot mug of your favorite beverage and settle in for a caffeinated ride through history’s quaffable mysteries!